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kulam isppiT to the Chieftain of the ficmaifs \illage,   He w

be exonerated.   The mcncj, he pa}s is used for meat and   liquor of



the Chief       the elders.



The              the ^cir.an 15\e together as husband and wife.



No              rites are performed for such a couple,



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f) Second Marriage of a Woman Having Children :



It is not uncommon for a woman having children to elope,

leaving her children and husband.   The children grow up in the

father's house.   Sircehe has no^ife,  the first husband may re-

many.       He    brings    bis    new    wife      into    the     house.

Hie    children    ase    neglected.     Under     these      circumstances

the original mether v.ho may be !i\ing in the seme village or in

another village, ccmes to her fcmer husband's hcuse to enquire

after the welfare cf her children  ard  lo give them food,   clothes

and money occasionally.



When woman marries for a second or third time, there is

no need for the husband to pay bride-money or to go through the

ritual of marriage.



I,    Marriage Rites :



<s Chettoji Muhurta Gadu " officiates as priest. He fixes

the date of the wedding. Nowadays, some of the Gadabas are con.

suiting Brahman priests of the plains for fixing the marriae date

according to the Hindu almanac for the auspicious time for such

celebration. And the ts Chettoji " does not lag behind. Pe too

learns a few lines of Sanskrit, and repeats them like the Brahman

priest. He imitates the Hindu ritual.



But the traditional mode of marrige rites still persists.



OE the marriage day the bride-groom and his kinsmen arri-

ve well before the appointed time. But they remain at the outskirts.